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Letter: Vote out the pro-Mid-States Corridor candidates

As a mature Christian (one who cares more about God’s feelings than my own) I cannot, in good conscience, vote to put anyone in office from a party that leaves God out of it. With that being said, I also cannot vote for Shane Lindauer or anyone else that is trying to usurp the rights of 65,000 electorate by toeing the line of a few pro-Mid-States Corridor special interest corporations.

With an election quickly approaching I would like the good people of this community to know that six months ago, in March, I wrote to Governor Eric Holcomb and our U.S. Representative Larry Bucshon (all five of his offices) regarding the Mid-States Corridor, but neither had the courtesy to reply.  In recent days, I’ve spoken to Kenneth Brosmer, Chad Blessinger, Nick Hostetter, Sonya Haas and Mike Kluesner, all of which are pro-Corridor and on the ballot. Also on the ballot is Kitty Merkley who is “on-the-fence” (we know what that means) and Katie Schuck who doesn’t know anything about the Corridor, which makes them as good as pro-Corridor.

Those of us with our homes, property, and businesses in harm’s way are asking and praying that the rest of the community not grace these people with your vote. Please spread the word to help and support us the way you would want us to support you if your homes and property were in harm’s way (Matthew 7:12 and 25:40).

It is also important to remember that in March I also wrote to Senator Mike Braun at all five of his offices, Senator Todd Young at all five of his offices, and State Senator Erin Houchin regarding the Corridor. Once again, I received no replies. While these people are not up for re-election yet, I assure you, just like Jasper Mayor Dean Vonderheide and Huntingburg Mayor Denny Spinner, they are counting on your short-term memory once they are. When their time comes, please do not forget who couldn’t be bothered by the folks who stand to lose their homes and land to the Corridor.  

I know I won’t!

Patricia Crain, Jasper

8 Comments

    1. As an Omnism fate.
      Your comment is belittling the facts. This corridor will take people’s homes and land. They’re not considering rationally paying for these properties for what they’re worth. Kicking people out their homes and not giving them the opportunity to buy a new one due to the little pay they’re offering.
      “God is within us and some even say we’re God.” “He speaks from his heart, and if that isn’t the God in him I don’t know what isn’t.”

      1. Joshua, I don’t know anything about your faith but there’s only one God.
        As Christians (those who believe in Jesus as their Lord and Savior and follow Him wholeheartedly) the Holy Spirit lives within us, but that does not make us God.
        The route chosen should be based on 1. The safest route possible 2. The route that will affect the least amount of properties, businesses, and natural habitats, etc, 3. Using as many existing roads as possible as long as it can be done safely.

  1. Personally, I find it offensive to use God to support your viewpoint on this issue. I don’t believe you’ve been ordained to speak for God to get his word out on this matter.
    As I stated in the past, Eminent Domain exist in the Constitution for a reason. That reason is that issues such as these while emotional and for those directly affected, heart wrenching, need to be decided using reason and thoughtfulness instead. The greater good is indeed what the supporters of this plan stand for. I believe those who support this are indeed trying to strike the balance as best they can. It’s not being done to make the rich richer or to destroy lives as so many have attempted to say, that’s very cynical.
    I, being one of those 65,000 electorates you mentioned, do in fact support this plan (yes, I even think of myself as a Christian, too). And I do in fact plan to vote for those who support this plan. I hope it goes forward in a timely manner and with the least amount of disturbance to people’s lives as possible.

    1. Eminent domain is as evil and unethical and unamerican as the military draft and the all knowing, all powerful spy police state and the army of lawyers they hide behind. While there could be some legal provision for sensible road building that takes the path of least intrusion and least destruction to peoples lives, eminent domain where whole blocks of land and houses are taken at the point of a politicians pen and a cops gun, is evil and unethical and unamerican and it should have never been included in any legal document of a country that brags and boasts about its freedoms and rights for all mankind. Eminent domain was just another way the rich and powerful could take from the lowly citizens and profit from the project to be done. As george carlin said, they own this place, its a big club, and we are not in the big club.

    2. It will actually make the rich richer. Follow the money there are senators and other public office holders who specifically bought land near the bypass, and own businesses that will directly benefit from this road. How is it reasonable to destroy the lands and homes of the people who pay these public officials salaries. These people pay public tax for their land to be destroyed for a 10 minute bypass. Clearly a well thought out plan. Personaly if a public official is not going to think of the financial and spiritual implications their policies will have on their community, Im not sure they deserve to be public servants.

    3. Well I guess your not losing anything? I think you should look up what CYNICAL means. self -interest, concerned only with one’s own interests.

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